Whenever you feel that you are missing that feel-good feeling, just pause for a moment, breathe to connect to your heart and allow yourself to embrace feelings of gratitude and you will notice a subtle smile blossoming.
As Thich Nhat Hanh explains, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Next time you’re feeling down, look out your window and have gratitude for the beauty of nature, whether it’s the sun shining or dark clouds passing above or a gentle breeze. The more you become aware of and are able to ignite internal good feelings and appreciation for what is, the more you can call upon these things when you need them to neutralize or balance you. Things you’re most thankful for can help you restore calm and well-being. You may even be reminded that simple is grand. By taking the time to consider the good in life, you nurture the good and the good will grow.